With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S. La Liga may not get permission from FIFA to hold Girona’s home game against Barcelona in Miami on Jan. 26, 2019, with president Gianni Infantino expressing doubt.
Brazil’s Filipe Luis believes the best player in the world is Lionel Messi and that the fact he isn’t included in FIFA’s Best Player of the Year award means it isn’t credible. Marcus Rashford’s opener was offset by goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Rodrigo to give Spain a 2-1 away win over England. Spain coach
The FC crew take a gander at the shortlist released for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award and debate whether Neymar should’ve been among the nominees. Juventus’ new man Cristiano Ronaldo shares what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club. ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to
The football federations for the United States territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will not vote on Wednesday when FIFA members decide the hosts of the 2026 World Cup, sources confirmed to ESPN FC. The territories’ decision, first reported by The Guardian, comes after repeated urging from the Morocco
Martin Ainstein’s train pulls up at World Cup host city Rostov-on-Don, home of the historic Museum of Railways. FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar. FIFA will not block U.S.-governed territories from voting in the 2026 World Cup
ESPN’s Gab Marcotti breaks down which of the African teams he believes have the best chances in their groups at the 2018 World Cup. CAIRO — FIFA will give five African football federations a $2 million advance each on World Cup prize money to pay player bonuses before the tournament in Russia. The Confederation of
The FC crew react to ESPN FC’s initial pre-World Cup power rankings, which see Brazil claim the top spot over Spain and Germany. With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar. FIFA pointed to its rules governing the selection of the 2026 World Cup hosts on Friday, one day after U.S. President Donald Trump questioned supporting countries that lobby against a joint
Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s. South American confederation CONMEBOL endorsed the United Bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, giving the proposal a significant boost
After initially seeing a second yellow for embellishment, Diego Valeri converts a penalty kick to give Portland the lead at Orlando City. The FC crew assess the use of VAR in England’s draw with Italy and whether Italy were awarded a penalty as a result of a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake. FIFA president Gianni Infantino
The FC panel answer your tweets on the player most likely to win the World Cup Golden Boot, the differences between Maradona’s Argentina and Messi’s Argentina and more. ESPN Deportes analyst Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss his positive takeaways from Argentina’s defeat against Spain. Herc Gomez and Sebastian Salazar pinpoint Mexico’s areas
Episode 3 of Last Train to Russia sees Martin Ainstein alight at World Cup host city Saransk to examine one of the country’s national obsessions – ice hockey. The United States is the only country to have two referees selected to officiate games at this summer’s World Cup, but no English official has been named.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino outlines the tasks facing newly-elected president of U.S. soccer Carlos Cordeiro. After Morocco questioned Gianni Infantino’s impartiality, FIFA maintained on Wednesday that its president won’t meddle in the 2026 World Cup bidding contest and reminded the North African nation to abide by the rules. The prospect of Infantino privately backing the
With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer. Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground
Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson react to Danny Rose and Mauricio Pochettino’s criticism of VAR, and whether it should be implemented at the World Cup. FIFA’s rule-making panel approved the addition of video review to the laws of of the game on Saturday following a trial period, clearing the way for its use at the
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley does not feel Russia will emerge from Group A that also contains Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay. Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has been formally removed as the chairman of the committee organising this summer’s World Cup. The document announcing his exit from the committee he has fronted since its
Vitaly Mutko has resigned from his post as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee. MOSCOW — Vitaly Mutko bowed to mounting pressure and stepped down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee on Wednesday after being dogged by investigations that highlighted his role in a state-backed doping program. Alexei Sorokin, the
WADA seized 154 samples from footballers from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory in December 2014. FIFA has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for priority status when it starts the forensic analysis of stored samples from Russian athletes not involved in the Winter Olympics in January. And with Russia hosting the World Cup next summer, FIFA
Luis Rubiales said he felt ‘endorsed, backed and respected by the people in football.’ Luis Rubiales has stepped down as chief of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) and will run for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). RFEF president Angel Maria Villar has been suspended by Spain’s top sports authority, Consejo Superior
ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti predicts who will emerge from each group at the 2018 World Cup. MOSCOW — Russia’s World Cup cannot avoid the tarnished legacy of Russia’s Winter Olympics. The doping scandals that have consumed Russian sports for the last three years took another turn on Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee handed a